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Student Voices: Authoritarianism in Africa

Student Voices: Authoritarianism in Africa

A discussion with Dr. Tyson Roberts on authoritarian trends in Africa.

Monday, May 16, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Join us for a virtual discussion on authoritarian trends in Africa with Dr. Tyson Roberts, a lecturer in UCLA's Political Science Department and expert on African Politics. This discussion will explore the prevalence of authoritarian measures in Africa, the potential of economic aid, the varied effects of COVID-19 public health orders, and past and present election trends on the continent. This event is a must-attend for any student interested in gaining critical insights into the international relations of Africa and its global implications, the prospects for democracy, and the evolution of the international order. Bring your questions to our live Q&A.

This event is part two of a three part series exploring authoritarianism around the world. This series is co-hosted by The Generation, UCLA's student-run foreign affairs magazine. 



Dr. Tyson Roberts received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA and has taught at Princeton University, UCLA, USC, and UC Irvine. His research interests include African politics, authoritarian institutions, and international political economy. His work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, International Interactions, Studies in Comparative International Development, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. 




Kemal Mohamedou is a second-year international relations student from King's College London attending UCLA for the full academic year 2021/22 through the UCEAP study abroad program. He is interested in the global rise of authoritarianism and the politics of interventionism. UCLA was his first preference institution for study abroad because of its scholarly pedigree and the globally influential and intellectual role Los Angeles plays. He also chose UCLA due to its strong links to the world of policymaking and because it would allow him to pursue unique internship opportunities, such as the one here at the Burkle Center. He hopes the internship will be helpful in complementing his academic training and in providing him with the necessary experience required for the professional world. Kemal intends to pursuing a master’s degree after the completion of his Bachelors at King’s College and is increasingly contemplating the idea of a career in Swiss diplomacy as he continues to enrich his international experience.



Student Voices is a by-students/for-students discussion series that provides smaller spaces for students to engage with each other and with experts on various issues spanning international relations. Each event is organized by the Burkle Center interns in partnership with an international relations organization on campus. 

Sponsor(s): The Generation